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Windows 7: Window Border Line


28 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 
Color of Window Border Lines

Hi,
Is this possible without using any adddintional programs or applying any patches:

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Any lead is appreciated.
Thanks in advance.



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28 Aug 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

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28 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you,
Oh sorry, I did search for image attach feature but I missed it. Now it is fixed.
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28 Aug 2012   #4

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to the Seven Forums

The simplest answer is no if you do not want to do any patching or use a program.

To do what you want to do some images need to be edited in the aero.msstyles, and you do not want to edit the default one so you want to use copies to do it which makes it a custom theme. You will need to do 1 of these 2 ways of Enabling custom themes for it to work.
Enabling Custom Themes - Windows 7
Or
Theme - How to Apply Custom Themes

Here is an example will of the top Windows Explorer frame zoomed in 16:1
Window Border Line-dwmwindow_frametop_activeimage.png-1.0-rgb-1-layer-21x27-gimp.png

If all you want done is the Windows Explorer frame then I could do that for you, but if you want the Start menu and the taskbar also you will have to do it your self and I could probably explain how to do it with one or two different programs besides a image editor.

Jerry


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28 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Thank you Bongo very much for your comprehensive answer. I really appreciate it.

And that's very kind offer from you to do it for me but you know, I would really like better if I could learn to do it on my own.

I would like to have something like this:
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btw. UX patch is already applied on my system cause I used some custom themes earlier and I also downloaded ResHacker, opened the .msstyle and that's it, I'm stuck now. No idea which one of those thousound small images to edit and how to do it right.


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28 Aug 2012   #6

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

First thing you should do is to start a new custom theme look at Post #38 of this thread will show you how to start a new custom theme Start menu color change ??

For the frame that is in Steam image #971 it is a pretty transparent image so I overlaid it on a gray background to show you what it looks like and I have marked some of the areas that you want to change. Some of the images I have highlighted include both active and inactive windows it also includes Fading, Tool , Aero Peek, Shadowless frame windows (look at my second screenshot will show you they are included in the frames these all have top, bottom, left side, right side)
Window Border Line-971.png


This image is very hard to edit using a resource hacker don't get me wrong it can be done but it is difficult. I use Ave's Windows7 Style Builder it breaks down that Steam image #971 into individual image (It's the only software that does that) and then you can use the edit button to start the image editor. This software is not free and does not have a trial it is only about $22.50 US.
Window Border Line-win7-style-builder-cwindowsresourcesthemesaeroaero.msstyles.png

If you need more assistance let me know.
Jerry


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28 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1
 
 

Just wow!!

Well, as it is obvious from my country flag there's no way I can buy that neat software due to heavy global money transfer sanctions. So I will try my best to do it with res hacker. I'll try my best to do it.

Thank you Jerry.
I hope someday I can return your favor.
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28 Aug 2012   #8

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You're welcome
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